I'm about halfway through a transatlantic cruise, which means I'm also halfway through writing a new book. This time I'm writing a follow-up to Life Nomadic, since so much has changed about traveling and being a nomad since I wrote my first book. Also, the tech section in that book is embarrassingly out of date, so it's time for a refresh.
This time I'm focusing on what it takes to be a nomad in a sustainable way. I'm talking about maximizing points and miles, finding flight deals, beating jet lag, packing, gear, government programs like APEC and Nexus, how to make money, how to learn languages, cruising, and flight tricks. I'm also going to get into depth on what I think is the future of nomadism, which is buying properties with your friends.
I'm keeping this post super short because I have a ton more I have to write for the book today, but I wanted to ask for early feedback. What do you want to hear more about? What would make the book super valuable to you? My primary goal is to enable people to fit as much travel into their lives and budgets as they want.
Photo is from the ship as we left Fort Lauderdale.
It'd be nice to add a chapter regarding living a "meaningful" nomadic life just not a bargain hunter taking advantages of loopholes everywhere. Meaningful will obviously vary from one person to another but your take on this would be inspiring I am sure.
I read the "SuperHuman Social Skills". Yet I would like to read more about making new friends in a different country. How to have real friendship, meaningful conversation, in a place (and age) where most people don't open up so easily. How to have a good social life, but not just some people to hang out that are "ok", how to have real friends if you never met them before you're 30.The And for non US people, any tips about visas, specially working and resident visas.
How about tips/hacks to travel more cheaply for people living in third world countries? We usually don't have access to the same cheap flights and cruises or the array of rewards programmes available to you. Our currencies are much weaker and we are usually also subject to higher airport taxes and have to go through lengthy and expensive visa processes for travel to a lot of foreign countries. I'd have to save up for years to be able to take some of the trips that you take in a monthly/quarterly timeframe.
Tynan ... seriously, I love you. But ... you don't quite get me. Is that okay? Well, of course, because I'm your mom's (likely) age and she's not Who You are writing to.
But could you imagine it? Could you try? We're empty nesters but our wonderful kids are close. How do we leave them? How do we think, "freedom let's go!" When our stability and home base mean so much to our four sons?
Is our "bed made" after 35 years and through 8 more years until retirement? Or are there paths we are too entrenched to see?
Thanks for your writing and life ... grateful for you in many ways!
If you have any ideas for families with kids - perfect ;-)
We flew from Munich to Maui for 300 bucks each, had the great idea of camping there (fantastic AND cheap) but would like to travel more, effectively and economically. Cruises would be neat. If you have some sort of strategy, tip It would be very welcome ;-)
Love your posts,
Hey Tynan, looking forward to the new book. I would like to read a bit more on:
1. Modern strategies for making money on the road, and finding flight deals.
2. How to find flight deals to specific locations for 2-4 day trips that I could make in a weekend to stay with friends/family without breaking the bank on airfare (sort of nomadism for somebody with a conventional job.)
3. More information on physical organization at home, packing/unpacking strategy etc.. - basically minimizing friction before/after a trip. Currently I find that I end up spending a full night preparing for a short trip, but my ideal is to be set up in such a way that I can book something the day of the trip, and then be ready to go within an hour of getting home from work.
4. How to travel stress-free when on a shorter timeline. Obviously longer trips are preferable, but how to avoid getting too stressed out about missed public transport etc... when on a tight timeline.
Thanks for this upcoming book, and all of your other insightful content!
Hi Tynan, I think an interesting bit would be about pacing: how to adjust the speed and frequency of travelling to keep it sustainable (and compatible with work).
Taking your time to be bored once in a while and look around instead of hopping through all the Lonely Planet attractions as fast as possible. Another one would be to focus your ambitions, I met people who were going to "see Argentina" in 2 weeks, recipe for stress, spending lots of money and making no local friends whatsoever.
(I made that mistake myself too, realised you have to train yourself to take it slow at times and stop rushing)
Very much looking forward to the update, Life Nomadic was one of the more useful/eye opening books I have read. Your mentioned topics sound great. I would also like to read about the social aspect of travelling, ideas for connecting with people where you go, dating, and building social networks around the world. Regardless, looking forward to it!
I am a vegetarian from India and currently living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I always find it difficult to find right food options whenever i go abroad.. I can't even think of being a nomad for the same reason.
It will help folks like me if you can suggest a way to survive for pure vegetarians like us, though i represent a minority segment in this regard..
Hello, you should check also http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/ and https://www.burgerabroad.com/. Both blogs are written by vegetarian travelers.
Just over a year ago I was in this same place. It's a short and touristy row of shops leading up to a temple in Asakusa, Japan. Last time I was here it was my first time in Japan, which meant that I was so enthralled with being there that I didn't realize what a tourist trap it was.
Now I'm here again and I see the place in a different light. I've lived in Japan for almost two months now as part of my year long trip around the world.
As I look up at the paper lanterns dangling above the street I have a thought.
I have been into self-improvement for a long time now. For almost five years now I have religiously followed a number of authors who speak to becoming a bigger, badder you.
However, the pursuit has always felt a little hollow to me. Becoming a better you has always felt to me to necessitate an overly inward eye. Many years ago I took a pledge around a campfire to live my life for others. While I was just a kid at the time, the pledge is still something that I take seriously, something that has been fed by my activities since.
This campfire experience is one that came back to me several years later when I sought to learn more about Buddhism. My interest was academic rather than spiritual, but I was struck by something on a deeper level nonetheless. I was watching a video series with basic information about what it was to be a Buddhist, and I was struck by a statement the monks said ad the beginning of each installment. "... to achieve enlightenment for the betterment of all beings..."
That is how self improvement reconciles with altruistic, charitable living.
That is how I want to live my life.